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Would you like to know more about how your school groups can enjoy growing their skills and knowledge on our Somerset farm?  Or to find a course for your own professional development?   Do you want to provide your pupils with that extra 'something' for Common Entrance or scholarship examinations?  Or to provide them with structured support for A level Biology field work?

 

Or are you looking for some Green Space?  

      

Debbie Hicks

Director  Stokehill 

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What is a typical Enrich session like?

Enrich activities are designed to provide a little additional stretch and  challenge, to encourage development of cross-curricular skills, including literacy or numeracy and to generate even more enthusiasm for science. 

 

 

 The following example is a  Key Stage 2 Cross-Curricular activity, which covers elements from Science, Mathematics and Geography.

 

 

 

This activity presents pupils with a crime scene involving muddy footprints on a carpet.  They must identify the culprit and in doing so, they learn about the work of different types of scientist and investigate soil and leaf litter organisms.

 

 

 

CSI Soils

 

 

This Enrich session will consolidate content from the programmes of study as shown above, with a focus on

 

Applying knowledge to unfamiliar examples

 

Developing investigative skills 

 

Making connections between different subject skills

 

Bringing the theory to life using an engaging context

 

 

 

An introductory session in the class barn will be followed by a farm walk, where soil and leaf litter will be collected.  After the walk, whilst we wait for leaf litter organisms to emerge from the Tullgren funnel, the investigation is carried out.  

 

This session works very effectively in school as well as on the farm.  The photographs on this page were taken at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, where the activity took place as part of the Science Fair in Autumn 2015.

The Crime Scene

 

There is a new carpet in the farmhouse sitting room.

 

It is cream.

It is beautiful.

It is soft.

It is……oh no!

It is covered with muddy footprints!

 

Was it Jasper?

No - these marks do not come from muddy paws.

 

They come from muddy wellington boots.

 

Footprints that lead from the farmyard, across the sitting room and into the kitchen.

 

Someone must have left their work and gone into the farmhouse without removing their boots

 

But who is the culprit?